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Issues with sleeping

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by David Cabrera, Aug 25, 2019.

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  1. David Cabrera

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    I am having problems to sleep, I usually start to think about the past, problems, and the Future. I have been trying to read in my laptop or phone to make me tired and refrain me from thinking but sometimes it makes me sleep late. I tried taking sleeping pills but my parents took them off and I think it can make me dependent on them. Is this an spiritual problem?
     
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    They say light from our devices at night can effect our body's natural rhythms . Having no light sources in our rooms ie. complete darkness helps our body produce melatonin.

    Sleeping with a TV & Lights On - National Sleep Foundation
    "Too much light, right before bedtime may prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. In fact, one study recently found that exposure to unnatural light cycles may have real consequences for our health including increased risk for depression. Regulating exposure to light is an effective way to keep circadian rhythms in check."
     
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    I’m not very good about doing this - but reading on your laptop or phone may cause you to stay up later and not be able to sleep due to the light. Try getting a routine down, maybe with herbal tea or reading a hard copy book and then when going to bed, just lie down to sleep. A prayer time before sleep is important as well.
     
  5. Aspzan

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    I always hear you should stay away from electronics before bed time, try a book instead?

    Do you exercise at all? That helps me sleep. The more active I am in the day, the better I sleep usually. You could try a set morning an evening routine also? It's supposed to settle your mind and get you ready for sleep. My advice would be use sleeping pills as a last resort.
     
  6. All4Christ

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    I’d suggest doing the exercise earlier rather than right before bed. I agree that exercise helps, but it wakes me up when I am exercising. Try it earlier in the day or before dinner.
     
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  7. David Cabrera

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    I can try reading a book but hopefully I will be back to the US for college and I will be living with a roommate in the same room so I don't know if I will get the chance to read a book.
     
  8. Aspzan

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    Also I didn't address the overthinking. I've heard it can be good to write it down. Like a log of your worries, concerns and plans.
     
  9. VMaeLove

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    I had similar problem for many years before now. I found some things helped. Small noise like a fan and regular exercise with a healthy diet. I sleep much better now! :)
    And trying to avoid the phone before bed also helps! Too much stimulations for our brain.
     
  10. David Cabrera

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    Last semester at college, I used to do exercise an hour before midnight.
     
  11. joshua 1 9

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    Sleep is over rated. When I was young I would listen to music in the radio until I fell asleep. Now I listen to a teaching on youtube. Another approch is to pray the blood of Jesus over your pillow. It would be nice if God could use that time for something productive if you can not sleep, rather then to worry.
     
  12. Aspzan

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    Yeah I didn't make that clear. I rarely exercise before bed. You did remind me, I only get cold showers and a lot of the time I feel a bit sleepy afterwards. Something to do with blood flow I think. @David Cabrera could try cold showers?
     
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  13. All4Christ

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    Each night, I put on some a music track of “rain” - which helps me stop thinking about everything going on.
     
  14. All4Christ

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    Could you have a book light clip?

    https://www.amazon.com/Book-Lights/b?ie=UTF8&node=1063290
     
  15. LaBèlla

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    Keeping a daily journal may help. And I recommend a gratitude practice as its companion. This allows you to address your troubles by journaling and recognize the good things that are taking place. It helps to sway your fears. There are several apps you can use for both.

    As for sleep, a drop of lavender upon the temples is known to help. It’s very relaxing. :)
     
  16. Antoni

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    Hi David,

    All great suggestions above! No electronics in bed (read a book instead!), no exercising or eating prior to bed, no caffeine in the late afternoon or evening, and Greek Mountain tea before bed (very widely drunk on Mount Athos by the monks). Has strong antioxidants as well as calming effects. It is safe, non addictive, healthy, and has been used to aid in sleep and anxiety for millennia in Greece.

    Good luck friend!
     
  17. ArmyMatt

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    it can be. try making the sign of the Cross over your bed before sleep.
     
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  18. David Cabrera

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    Where do you buy the Greek tea?
     
  19. David Cabrera

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    You don't have issues thinking when you are trying to sleep?
     
  20. VMaeLove

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    Some times but keeping my day productive helps I usually pass out once I hit my pillow lol
    Like another said exercize before dinner and drinking tea help too make you tired once you go too bed. Otherwise all the energy you have just keeps you awake and goes to your brain!
     
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